Georgetown, Texas - The Alma College men's lacrosse team broke a 13-13 tie with 5:25 remaining on Monday (Feb. 27) night, scoring twice in 1:09 to secure a 15-13 victory over Southwestern (TX) University. Sophomore Jared Nycz (Elma, N.Y./Iriquois) scored both of the goals to help the Scots remain perfect on the season and improve their record to 2-0.
Nycz tallied four goals in the game and added a pair of assists for six points, while junior Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) scored four times and added an assist. Sophomore Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) and freshman Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) also registered hat tricks, scoring three goals each. , while sophomore Jonathan Durga (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) added a marker.
Southwestern (3-2 overall) was led by Spence Bodenhamer and Matt Amerie, who scored three goals each.
"This was one of the grittiest wins in my three seasons here," said Head Coach Michael Kinney, who picked up his 25th win as head coach of the Scots. "I'm very proud of the effort from all of our guys. We will just keep getting better."
Alma found itself down 3-0 less than four minutes into the game before ripping off five straight to take a 5-3 advantage late in the opening quarter. After Buchy and Ellens each scored, Alma took the lead with a pair of goals 37 seconds apart, then added another marker with less than a minute remaining in the quarter. Southwestern stopped the run with a goal as time expired to cut the Scots' lead to one after the first 15 minutes.
Durga put Alma back up by two goals in the second quarter before Southwestern found the net three times to regain a 7-6 advantage with 5:02 left in the half. Alma responded, scoring three straight, including two goals 43 seconds apart, to take a 9-7 lead into the break.
After each team scored three times in the third quarter, Hunyadi increased the Scots lead to three goals, scoring a man-up marker with 12:15 to play. The Pirates went to work after that, scoring three times in 1:21 to tie the game at 13-13 with 5:42 to play.
Seventeen seconds later, Nycz game Alma the lead with an assist from senior Ben Luzar (Midland, Mich./Midland), who finished the game with a team-high seven ground balls. Nycz added another marker with 4:34 to play to give the Scots the win.
Alma finished the game outshooting the Pirates, 42-37, while sophomore Cam Stelljes (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) stopped 12 of the 25 shots on net to get the victory.
"To be down three early to a much-improve Southwestern team and to have the composure to climb back into it with guys as young as we hare was great," Kinney said. "Adam Cousineau stepped into the leader we knew he could be on defense tonight. He was vocal and he played at another level. Ben Luzar played out of his mind on defense and cameup with some huge cgound balls in the clutch."
The Scots will wrap up their season-opening three-game road trip on Wednesday, March 1, traveling to Conway, Ark., to face Hendrix College. Opening face-off is slated for 9:00 p.m. ET.